You will need:
Wax (you can either buy wax from somewhere like hobbycraft or melt down some existing candles/tealights)
Teacup and saucer (which you can pick up cheap from car boots/charity shops)
Wick (craft shops are your best bet)
Tealight candle (for the metal bit that holds the wick and the wax)
Two saucepans that fit inside each other
Dye (if you want to make coloured candles)
Scent/essential oils (if you want to make them smell pretty)
Take the metal container off your tealight candle
Remove the wick and the metal wick holder from the candle (it probably has a fancy name but I don't know what it is so I'm calling it "metal wick holder"
Pull out the existing wick. I used a sharp instrument and some pliers to help me do this.
Thread your new wick through the metal wick holder.
Put a small piece of blutack on the bottom of the metal wick holder.
Stick the metal wick holder to the bottom of your teacup. This will hold the wick in place.
Place a pencil across the top of the teacup and tie the wick around it. I would recommend blutacking the wick to the pencil in the centre and at either side of the teacup. This will ensure it stays put!
Next you need to weigh out your wax. I measured out 170g which was roughly around the right amount for both the teacups I used.
Melt the wax over a pan of boiling water (just like you would for melting chocolate).
When the wax is completely melted (it will have the consistency of water!) add the dye - if you want to make coloured candles.
Take the wax off the heat and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. If you want to add a scent to your candle this is the time to add it. Just a few drops of essential oil is enough.
Carefully pour the wax into your teacup.
Be careful not to overfill the teacup - fill it as much as you would if you were making a cup of tea!
|I did one red and one purple!|
Your teacup candle will start to set quite quickly. If you want it to be completely flat you'll need to add a bit more wax once it's started to sink into the middle.
Leave your candle to set for 24 hours. Once it's set - melt a small amount of wax (I used a tealight candle) onto your new wick to stop it from burning.
Your teacup candle is complete!
If you want to create a shiny effect - you can use a pair of nylon tights - just giving it a light rub all over.
I'm really happy how these turned out. What do you think? Will you be giving it a go? Do you have a better method on how to make teacup candles?